Google Earth reveals layout of secret 'Area 6'

Google Earth Reveals Layout Of Secret 'Area 6'

The layout of a mysterious government site can be seen on Google Earth.

In the image, the location, known as Area 6, appears to be composed of a long runway with a cluster of buildings at one end.

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the complex is only about 12 miles away from the more famous Area 51 in Nevada.

Photo: Google Maps

It found a brief indication of the site's purpose in a report by website Flightglobal.

The document states, "The purpose of this facility is to construct, operate, and test a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles."

A government spokesperson has said the facility's controlled airspace and extensive sensor system also allow for what are called "sensor development activities."

Area 6 was initially developed in the 50s as a location for testing nuclear devices underground, but it was reportedly updated in 2005.

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